Which tests are useful in the diagnosis of pediatric attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

Updated: Sep 09, 2021
  • Author: Maggie A Wilkes, MD; Chief Editor: Caroly Pataki, MD  more...
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Psychometric and educational testing is often important for the diagnosis of ADHD. The patient's initial history may indicate a need for additional tests, as follows:

  • Examine children by using the Conners' Parent and Teacher Rating Scale and examine adolescents according to the Brown Attention Deficit Disorder Scale (BADDS) for Adolescents and Adults [2]

  • Assess impulsivity and inattention using timed computer tests such as the Conners’ Continuous Performance Test (CPT), the Integrated Visual and Auditory (IVA) CPT, or both

  • Assess girls using the Nadeau/Quinn/Littman ADHD Self-Rating Scale for Girls

  • Assess the patient's executive function by using various neuropsychological tests

  • Perform a learning disability evaluation (intelligence quotient [IQ] vs achievement)

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